Seahorses swim gracefully at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Seahorses swim gracefully at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Visitors enjoy watching the crowned seahorse floating in the water tank at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu, on December 28. (Taken by Akiko Kuwabara)

January 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

As it does every year, to celebrate the Year of the Dragon the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu organized a special display of creatures. Visitors enjoyed watching sea horses and other creatures named after dragons as they swam gracefully in their tanks.

The crowned seahorse is approximately 10 centimeters long and appears in colors such as bright yellow, brown or black. Their calm appearance as they float in the cylindrical tank attracted a great deal of attention from visitors to the aquarium.
Many people, including tourists and family groups, took photographs of the seahorses. Eighty-six year-old Kumiko Ura visited the aquarium from Kunigami with her family who had come back to Okinawa on a visit. She said, “In the sea all creatures exist in harmony with each other. I wish that the human world could be the same.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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